Food Garden · Homesteading · Observations

Sunbirds & Spiderwebs – Something Special

We have a few residential sunbirds in the neighbourhood - not the very flashy ones like those in the fynbos areas of South Africa, but none the less gorgeous little birdies. The Whitebellied sunbird, Nectarinia talatala is a common sight for those living close to bushveld towards the northern parts of southern Africa. It is… Continue reading Sunbirds & Spiderwebs – Something Special

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blogging · Observations

State of the Blog Address: Move to Whisker Flowers Update

Alright - this is just a quick post to say that about 50% of my old gardening blog, back at Google blogger, has been moved to Whisker Flowers since November 2017. As such, I update each post that I move, which includes new content, photos and links! Whisker Flowers has a good deal of content… Continue reading State of the Blog Address: Move to Whisker Flowers Update

Cats · Observations · Pest Control

Dangers of Snail Bait – Please don’t use Snail Bait

Snail Bait Pellets   This post isn't related to the threat of snail bait to your garden, but rather your pets. At the end of September 2014 we had to rush one of our cats, Diesel to the Veterinary emergency room with a suspected poisoning. I am quickly going to list the warning signs as… Continue reading Dangers of Snail Bait – Please don’t use Snail Bait

Food Garden · Homesteading · Observations · Soil care

Sustainable, Productive and Economical Vegetable Gardening (Part 2): Conservation Agriculture

Sustainable*: 1 maintained for long periods of time 2 use of natural resources without environmental damage   Productive*: 1 producing crop yield abundantly and efficiently 2 being worthy or satisfactory   Economical*: 1 making the most of resources 2 inexpensive 3 avoid unnecessary waste 4 efficient use of time and energy * Definitions according to… Continue reading Sustainable, Productive and Economical Vegetable Gardening (Part 2): Conservation Agriculture

Biological Control · Food Garden · Insect · Observations · Pest · Pest Control

Insectary: Beneficial Insects & Garden Security Force

The Wildlife Garden - How to attract beneficial insects to your garden Integrative Pest Management (IPM) is the use of multiple pest preventative measures, such as diverse crop planting, crop rotation, green manures and responsible pesticide use. Enlisting the help of beneficial insects is also used to control pest populations and improve crop production.   Insectaries… Continue reading Insectary: Beneficial Insects & Garden Security Force

Insect · Observations · Pest · Pest Control

Pest Control & Pesticide Resistance: Mechanisms & Prevention

  Pests are considered resistant to a certain chemical compound (natural or synthetic compounds) when it is no longer killed or adversely affected by the chemical. Most pesticides target biological systems in order to control pest populations – “control” meaning: to reduce pest populations to levels that do not cause great plant - or economical… Continue reading Pest Control & Pesticide Resistance: Mechanisms & Prevention

Observations · Pest Control

DIY Bird Deterrents

There be Bulbuls (Round 1...) During the summer growing season we have had some problems with Black-eyed Bulbuls that help themselves to our tomatoes, raspberries and figs. The nasty little buggers always managed to get to the fruits just when they’ve ripened – the cats aren't doing their jobs of scaring the birds away! So… Continue reading DIY Bird Deterrents